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The Little Thief (1988)

La petite voleuse (original title)
R | | Drama | September 1989 (USA)
In a small town in post-World-War-II France, an unhappy sixteen-year-old (Janine Castang) tries to escape her dreary situation by any means at her disposal. Three successive friends (Michel... See full summary »

Director:

Claude Miller

Writers:

François Truffaut (original scenario), Claude de Givray (original scenario) (as Claude De Givray) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlotte Gainsbourg ... Janine Castang
Didier Bezace Didier Bezace ... Michel Davenne
Simon de La Brosse ... Raoul
Clotilde de Bayser Clotilde de Bayser ... Séverine Longuet
Raoul Billerey Raoul Billerey ... Rouleau
Chantal Banlier Chantal Banlier ... Léa
Nathalie Cardone Nathalie Cardone ... Mauricette
Renée Faure Renée Faure ... La Mère Busato
Catherine Arditi Catherine Arditi ... La directrice école
Gilbert Bahon Gilbert Bahon ... Le brigadier
Clothilde Baudon Clothilde Baudon ... Bonnin
Joëlle Bruyas Joëlle Bruyas ... Soeur Marie-Odile
Denise Chiabaut Denise Chiabaut ... Le doctresse
Philippe Deplanche Philippe Deplanche ... Jacques Longuet
Erick Deshors Erick Deshors ... Raymond
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In a small town in post-World-War-II France, an unhappy sixteen-year-old (Janine Castang) tries to escape her dreary situation by any means at her disposal. Three successive friends (Michel Davenne, a married lover; Raoul, a fellow thief; Mauricette Dargelos, a photographer and fellow prisoner) help her learn from her mistakes. Written by English Showalter <showalte@crab.rutgers.edu>

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A Deliciously Sexy Tale Of Love And Larceny. See more »

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Certificate:

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François Truffaut's scenario offered the leading character Janine Castang as a female counterpart to the character Antoine Doinel in The 400 Blows (1959). See more »

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secondhand Truffaut
1 December 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

It's a good thing this belated tribute to Francois Truffaut was adapted from an original story by the late director himself; otherwise the film might be mistaken for a plagiarism. The story itself is a distaff companion piece to 'The 400 Blows', following a compulsive teenage kleptomaniac in post-War France, whose sticky fingers and rebellious disposition land her in and out of jail, and in and out of love. Charlotte Gainsbourg is certainly appealing in the title role, but Claude Miller's direction is perfunctory, at best; he places each scene in the correct order but has little feeling for the material, other than an obvious respect for its author, whose name alone is enough to lend the film some token credibility. Enough incidental pleasures survive the awkward adaptation to make it a worthwhile diversion for any dedicated Francophile, and a must-see for die-hard Truffaut fans, but the film suffers from an ending that might lead viewers to suspect Miller was working from an incomplete outline.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

September 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Gross USA:

$1,055,416

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,055,416
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Color (Fujicolor)
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